Jardí Mercè Rodoreda, one of the few hanging gardens in the city

The chronicles of a beloved Barcelona

A literary and essential route to get to know the city through the eyes of Mercè Rodoreda.

One of the missions of the Fundació Mercè Rodoreda is to promote the life and career of the writer and disseminate her literary work. To do so, they are giving us the chance to prepare our own tour of the places she lived and also wrote some of the most important works of literature in the Catalan language.

Barcelona and literature. Mercè Rodoreda and our city. The Catalan writer, born in the neighbourhood of San Gervasi de Casssoles, has set many of her works in the various settings, streets and squares where she grew up.

The author of such well-known universal classics of Catalan literature as La plaça del Diamant and Mirall trencat wrote many of these titles in exile, and they are therefore infused with nostalgia for a place and a way of life that she has left behind.

Marta Nadal has coordinated a complete selection of texts so we can prepare our own route through the city. The comprehensive document, which can be downloaded from this link, includes maps and texts so we can visit them at our own pace.

The project proposes three itineraries by districts: San Gervasi ("Casal Gurguí", Carrer de Manuel Angelon, Torre Farriols, Parc de Monterols, etc.);Gràcia (La Plaça del Diamant, Refugi antiaeri, El Cafè Monumental, etc.); l'Eixample (El Passeig de Gràcia, la Rambla de Catalunya i la Plaça de Catalunya); and Ciutat Vella (la Rambla de les Flors, el Carrer de la Canuda, el Liceu, etc.).

Lastly, you can also take a guided tour of the Jardí Mercè Rodoreda, included in the visit to the Casa de Convalescència and the Institut d'Estudis Catalans. Visits will take place on Wednesday mornings and can be booked through this link (€10). Closed in August.

Publication date: Thursday, 18 August 2022
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